Congressman Jim Jordan inquired Thursday during the public testimonies: “Why didn’t your boss bring up the call that you overheard, the reason you’re here today?”
“I mean you’re their closing witness. Yet their star witness, their first witness, Ambassador Taylor, didn’t bring it up. When we deposed you, you said this was an extremely distinctive experience, one of the most remarkable events of my life.”
Jordan’s remarks were a direct citation of the story broken by Raheem Kassam last weekend right here on War Room: Impeachment.
He went on: “You described it like this: you said after the call happens I immediately told Deputy Chief of Mission and others at the Embassy about the call. Then you said you went on vacation and told several friends and family about the call. Then you come back on August 6th and you tell Ambassador Taylor about the call. Then in your deposition statement, you said in your statement today as well, ‘I repeatedly referred to the call in meetings and conversations where the President’s interest in Ukraine was relevant.’
“That sounds like government-speak for you told everybody. Yet their star witness, their first witness, Ambassador Taylor – when came here he relayed thirteen different conversations he had between July 18th when the aid was frozen, September 11th when it’s released – never once mentioning this call… nowhere is there a ‘Holmes tells Taylor what the President of the United States tells Sondland’.
Holmes responded: “So immediately when I went back to the embassy after this lunch on the 26th, I told my direct supervisor, the Deputy Chief of Mission. I would have told Ambassador Taylor immediately, except he was on the front lines that afternoon. I then went on my vacation on Saturday, came back the following Monday, and on Tuesday I was back in the Ambassador’s office where I referred to the call. In that week plus that I was away, it was my assumption that the Deputy Chief of Mission would’ve informed other people about the call as well.”
“My recollection is when I did refer to the call in that meeting that Ambassador Taylor nodded knowingly as though he had been briefed on it. The call, and I mentioned some of my takeaways from the call, and my main takeaway from the call at the time was the President doesn’t care about Ukraine.”
“Maybe, Mr. Holmes,” Jordan said, “the takeaway was that he already knew… Maybe the Ambassador thought this is nothing new here. But, shazam, last week you come forward with this supposed new information. There is nothing different from what we had in the transcript… but they had to have something so you’re there closing witness.”
Holmes ASSUMED that Ambassador Taylor had been briefed by his supervisor about the Sondland call. People were nodding, and Holmes continues to make assumptions that they had already concluded in agreement with Holmes. pic.twitter.com/owWV7nHmum
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 21, 2019